RIntensive was developed as a result of “intensive” requests made by our Speech Therapists. Smarty Ears is aware of the high incidence of students seen for their difficulties with /r/.

Fully redesigned since it’s initial release, R-intensive is the most engaging, and comprehensive go-to application for children who need a tool for practicing the production of the phoneme /r/ at the word, phrase, and sentence level. R Intensive contains 3 exciting activities:

1.Flashcards: Allows practice of the r at the word, phrase, and sentence levels. Multiplayer mode supports 1-4 players with individual targets for each student.
2.Matching game: 4x5 rows of cards (20 card decks) make working on your favorite type of R a skill of memory and articulation. Supports 1-4 players per game.
3.Guess What game: students will have fun guessing which R word is described, while at the same time practicing their articulation. If the description clue is ever too difficult simply tap on the hidden image to reveal the answer. Supports 1-4 players.

R Intensive SLP uses a phonetic approach to teaching the “r” sound by creating subgroups that will hopefully make your student more successful in therapy. We have divided the /r/ phoneme at the word level as follows:

a.Pre-Vocalic /r/
b. Clusters
c. ar
d. air
e. ear
f. er
g. ire
h. or
i. rl

rIntensive SLP is the most comprehensive, engaging, and user friendly tool on the market that allows you to not only practice the production of the /r/ phoneme but also tally the percentage of accuracy at the same time with the same tool: your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Other little things that make this app great…
a.Store, review, and email “report cards” from sessions.
b.Print report cards directly from the app (when using an air ready printer)
c.Student report cards feature easy to read graphs for the “flash card” activity that make analyzing results and progress simple and clear.
d.Import a student photo, or choose from one of 50 quality avatars to represent the player.
e.Quick play feature allows those unconcerned with student profiles or data tracking to begin a session a quick way to start a session.
f.Multiplayer capability-All three activities (flashcards, matching, and guess what) can support up to four players.
g.Easy to use, intuitive user interface
h.Build in video tutorial
i.Email support—have a question? Can’t figure things out? We have an easy way to contact us through the app.

We hope that r-Intensive SLP becomes a tool that will help your accuracy levels in teaching the production of the English /r/.

With over 415 target words, stellar images, high quality audio, multiplayer capability, and 3 content rich activities /r/ intensive is the best tool for practicing this "interesting" phoneme.

What's New

Version 6.4

We have update the results screen

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Great app

Snyder SLP

I think this is a great app! It breaks down each individual R sound at the word, phrase or sentence level. The pictures are good and the kids enjoy this app. It's easy to use this app for multiple kids and the like that their picture is on the screen. Data tracking is easy and you can pull it up at any time. It's a great app and worth the money. It would be nice to be able to record and playback their productions… maybe in an upgrade? :) It's a great app and worth the money.

Great resource for the R!


My speech students love to use this to break up the monotony of drill therapy. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I like that it addresses the r in all word positions as well as different levels (isolation, word level, etc.). I also like that it is compatible with the Therapy Report Center for data collection. The only thing I'd like added is the ability to record the student's productions.

Buyer beware


This app has several pictures that may offend or scare kids. One word is vampire accompanied by a scary looking lady with black lips and a low cut dress. Escort has a picture of a convict being escorted by a police man. It is not possible to pick specific vocabulary so if you use /or/ or /ire/ you are stuck with the pictures.

This app is also awkward to use. You have to score before moving to the next word. You can't back up. You can't pick sound positions within words.

Artici pix has almost as many /r/ and is easier to use. You also get other sounds with artic pix.


Smarty Ears, LLC
137.5 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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